Shrimp & Spinach Curry (Saag Prawn)

This low fat, low calorie dish is not only quick to make but is very high in vitamins.  Shrimp is low in saturated fat and is a great alternative to meat proteins.  Together, they make the perfect combination for a nutrient-dense dish that takes less than 25 minutes to make!



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1 bag of shrimp

1 bunch of fresh spinach

1 onion

4 gloves of garlic

Cooking oil

Spices: 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 chilli powder, 1 level tsp cumin, 1 level tsp coriander. 1/2 tsp salt


How to:

1. Wash, clean and devein the shrimp if you are using fresh shrimp. If using frozen, you just need to soak them in lukewarm water for about 15 mins.

2. Wash and drain the spinach.

3. Dice the onion and garlic finely and keep separate.

4. In a pan, heat up about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of oil. Add the garlic and fry until they almost turn brown. Be careful not to burn them.

5. Add the diced onion and fry until they turn brown.

6. Add all spices as above including the salt and fry for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water to make a paste.

7. Add the shrimp and allow the massala to blend into the shrimp. Cook for 4-5 minutes until shrimp is pretty much cooked.

8. Stir in the spinach and allow to cook. Let simmer on medium/high heat for 10 minutes. Ensure the sauce has dried up before removing from heat.


Recommendations: Serve with hot rice of your choice or any bread of your choice such as roti, chapatti, or naan bread. Also goes really well with wholewheat pita bread!



Recipe & image by Sabina Huq

13 Responses to “Shrimp & Spinach Curry (Saag Prawn)”

  1. hi,just want to say your saag prawns are the best seriously i have tried so many restaurants and no where have i found just like how my mum used to cook back in moulvibazar bdesh thank you so so much very happy i found your blog keep up the great work-murad

  2. Really happy to hear my recipe was like your mum’s! Keep reading!

  3. tried this tonight but with chicken as had no prawns or shrimp in . found it a bit bland so i added a spoonful of madras paste n bit of milk n i chopped a tomato into it also , had some frozen paratas in so heated them up and ate it rolled inside the parata lovely … next time i will add more of the spices and try it again as i did like the concept x thanks

  4. Tried this for dinner this evening but I was a bit apprehensive about using a frozen packet of spinach, instead of fresh leaves but even then it was so delicious, tasted just like my mothers cooking. Thank-you for sharing.

  5. Hi. This was a hit with hubby, thank you. Would like to know what quantities you mean by ‘bag of shrimp’ and ‘bag of spinach’ ? Seemed like I may have had the proportion wrong. When it is finished what should the ratio of spinach to shrimp be? Thanks again.

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  7. was more like a flavourless soup than a curry 1/2 cup of water was far too much and their was far too little spices. I followed the recipe word for word and it was awful. ended up having cereal for dinner.

  8. Hi Kiri, I’m really sorry the recipe was not to your liking. Did you bhuna the masala for the right amount of time? Next time (if you care to try it again) maybe don’t put any water in. Sorry…

  9. fantastic simple recipe enjoyed every mouthful ..Great recipe

  10. Hello from Bradford, West Yorkshire! I found your recipe whilst looking for a tasty low fat alternative to my local takeaway; I have to say it is absolutely gorgeous! My partner and I shared the first batch and he loved it so much, I had to go out and buy more onions to make more. He’s not a fish fan (I had prawn and mussels) and I didn’t have paneer to hand so I made his portion with halloumi cheese. Turned out perfect again but I did add the water slowly so not to drench the dish. I’m really pleased I found your website and will be trying more of your recipes as soon as I can. By the way – this recipe works out at only 6 points on Weightwatchers Smartpoints! Just fab 🙂

  11. Loved it! Added some tasty tomatoes as that’s my thing! Quick & tasty, ready in the time it took to cook the rice! Better than a Friday night takeaway!!

  12. I made this but added a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes – absolutely delicious! Hopefully I will make it more often and it will help me shift some of this unwanted weight

  13. Really quick and delicious. Only problem being I liked it so much I ate the lot ……. not sure how many the recipe is supposed to be for!

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